• German Grand Prix

Pirelli happy with experimental tyre

ESPNF1 Staff
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The teams were able to run the test tyre in both Friday practice sessions © Getty Images
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Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery says that the experimental soft tyres tested during Friday practice for the German Grand Prix could become next season's medium compound.

The teams were supplied with extra sets of the different soft tyre as Pirelli attempts to get as much on-track data as possible for its development of the 2012 compounds. Hembery said that he was pleased with the initial results, but that the added durability appeared to point to the tyre being more suited as the medium compound rather than the soft.

"We've been pleased with what we can see so far of the performance from our experimental P Zero Yellow tyres," Hembery said. "Although we will have to wait to hear the detailed feedback from the teams before we draw too many conclusions.

"However, we've seen that the performance from these new tyres is similar to the pace from the current soft tyre, but with added durability. So one option could be to use it as a medium tyre next year. The cool conditions today meant that the rapid warm-up time of the soft tyre was an important factor in performance, and we expect that to remain the case for the rest of the weekend."